Facebook Messenger has added a forwarding limit for users to send messages to only five people or groups at a time. The new development aims to reduce the spread of viral misinformation and curb the spread of fake news through messaging platforms. In 2018, Facebook brought a similar forwarding limit for WhatsApp in India, expanding into global markets in January last year. Meanwhile, in April, WhatsApp reduced the limit of frequently forwarded messages to one chat at a time. The Messenger app has also recently added new privacy features, including the ability to lock the app on iOS devices.
With the limitation of forwarding to Messenger, you will not be able to forward any particular message to more than five people or groups simultaneously. If you try to add a new user to your forwarding list, the app will show you a notification saying, “The forwarding limit has been reached.”
In a blog post on Thursday, J. Sullivan, director of Product Management, Messenger Privacy and Safety, said, “The extent of forwarding is an effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content that has the potential to harm the real world is.”